Add pregnant women to the list of employees with conditions that may qualify for workplace accommodations.
That’s the message the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is sending to employers in its draft Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2012-2016. Among the “emerging issues” the commission plans to target is “accommodating pregnancy when women have been forced onto unpaid leave after being denied accommodations routinely provided to similarly situated employees.”
The EEOC isn’t the only place where workplace accommodation for pregnancy is under scrutiny. Some Democrats in Congress want to codify ADA-like protections for pregnant women.